An extended International Literacy Day in 2012

Credit: GPE/Midastouch

International Literacy Day is September 8th but this year it falls on a Saturday which means instead of just one day dedicated to literacy and reading, we have two or maybe even three!

Here’s an overview of the major happenings and if we missed any then please leave a comment with information below.

GPE/USAID/Brookings “All Children Reading” Event: This event will feature leaders and celebrities speaking about how literacy must be elevated on the world stage. Winners of the ‘All Children Reading Grand Challenge’ will also be announced. The event will be at the Ronald Reagan Building on September 7th from 9am-3pm. Want to attend? Register for tickets here 

GPE Reading Changed my Life Photo & Video Contest: We are launching the first-ever “Reading Changed my Life” photo and video contest at the All Children Reading event. The contest is designed to draw attention to the critical importance of literacy and education for individuals around the world. The contest will open for submissions on September 7th at where individuals will be encouraged to submit a photograph or video that answers the question “how has reading changed your life or the life of somebody you know?” for a chance to win an e-reader and photography or video equipment.

Want to enter? Check out and follow and or Twitter hashtag #readingcontest for more info.

UNESCO ‘Reaching the 2015 Literacy Target’ Event: To mark the occasion of International Literacy Day and to pay tribute to this year’s theme “Delivering on the Promise!”, UNESCO will convene a High-level International Round Table on Literacy at its Headquarters in Paris, France on September 6-7, 2012

Want more info? Check out the program International Reading Association’s International Literacy Day Event: IRA’s 2012 celebration of International Literacy Day will be in the beautiful historic room 119 in the Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress on the morning of Friday, September 7, 2012. The event will feature a distinguished panel on preparing teachers for Common Core excellence, IRA President Carrice Cummins, distinguished guest Benjamin Franklin and a presentation of Rotary International/Pearson Foundation/IRA $2500 awards to two literacy projects of excellence.

Want to attend? Register here Did we miss your event? Please leave information in a comment below.


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